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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Dorsal view of a Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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FisherOfMen on Feb 10, 2014February 10th, 2014, 3:59 am EST
It's been about 2 years since I've had the opportunity to fly fish and get on troutnut.com. In that time I've been stationed in South Korea and I've also gotten engaged to a Korean girl I met here!

Now the time has finally come to start up my fly fishing hobby again this spring... And today I ordered a cheap 3wt to start myself on some of the small Korean streams and rivers here.

I would like to send a shoutout to Wbranch (Matt Hanist)~this guy sent me a huge and generous assortment of fly tying supplies and equipment which got me started on tying 2 years ago.. And my dad is using the same equipment back in the states as I'm writing this, spinning out his first few flies! It's guys like Mr. Hanist that keep this sport continuing through the generations.. And I'm starting to fall in love with fly fishing once again!

So, thanks again Mr. Hanist! :-)
"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught." -Author Unknown

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke
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Wbranch on Feb 10, 2014February 10th, 2014, 2:04 pm EST
Hi Nick,

Congratulations on your engagement. Have you set a date for the wedding? Will it be in Korea or the USA? I've seen pictures of you and your lady on your Facebook page.

Are there a species of Trout in those little streams? I'm glad you and your Dad have been able to tie some flies with the materials I sent to you.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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FisherOfMen on Feb 11, 2014February 11th, 2014, 12:57 am EST
We will have a small ceremony in both countries! It's going to be crazy... Haha~ as far as the date, that depends on the army but hopefully in August or sooner.

There are cherry trout, Manchurian trout, and lenok - as far as I've read so far.
This is a Korean cherry trout

At first I will just be hitting the small rivers around my post trying to figure out what is here... There's a good chance there's only carp for 30 miles :/

But that's just an excuse to get a nice 8wt ;)
-also... I don't have time to tie between work and college-where is the cheapest bet for flies? I've seen some pretty tempting deals on eBay but I'm wondering if anyone has experience with a great deal hidden somewhere!
Thanks! ~Nick
"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught." -Author Unknown

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke
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Jmd123 on Feb 12, 2014February 12th, 2014, 8:56 am EST
Hey Nick, those are some pretty looking trout you have there! Looks like perfect quarry for the 3-weight, in some pretty little waters I imagine too. Good luck chasing them and send us lots of pics when you do!

My sister spent a year in Korea as an Army Captain in Military Intelligence. She met her husband there, who was also a CPT at the time, this was 1990 and they have been together ever since! They have many interesting stories, I bet you now have plenty of your own and will continue to make new ones (fly fishing we hope!). What's your branch of service, etc.? I did three years in the US Army Reserve myself (Infantry) - though not in Korea!

Also - other gamefish in your area? Bigger carp, species we don't know about over here? Hatches? Keep us informed...tight lines!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Gus on Feb 12, 2014February 12th, 2014, 10:50 am EST
That's awesome, congratulations!
"How do you help that son of a bitch?"

"By taking him fishing"

-A River Runs Through It

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FisherOfMen on Feb 16, 2014February 16th, 2014, 2:09 am EST
Jonathan~ I'm definitely looking forward to having some of those frisky little guys on my 3wt - especially bc I've never handled anything smaller than a 5wt before it should be especially exciting.

There are DEFINITELY carp here, I've played with some that were around 30lbs I imagine in a no-fishing zone river right in the middle of uijeongbu city! Then of course the fiancé wouldn't let me hold her hand haha bc I was "petting" the friendly old beasts lol!

When my taxes get back I'm hoping to purchase a carp setup... Anyone have advice on the best wt for small-mid size carp? And I hear mulberry imitation flies work well but have yet to have the pleasure of attempting to hook one of the giants...

Keep good 'ol America warm for me lads :p haha can't wait to fish those rivers I grew up around once again!
"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught." -Author Unknown

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke

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